The Marak family is from Meghalaya, India. They live in the Nongladew village, a place with majestic mountains reaching up to the clouds. Amid this scenic beauty lies a small thatched mud house shared by Martha Marak and her four children.
Martha moved to this village when her husband abandoned her in 2009. It was a difficult time for her, and she was forced to start over with absolutely nothing. However, through hard work and strong willpower she managed to build a house and begin farming a small plot of land to support her four children. She also hires herself out as a day laborer for jobs such as washing, cleaning, and working on other people’s farms.
On her own land, Martha grows banana, broom, pineapple, corn, orange, lemon, pumpkin, watermelon, and chili. She is thankful to have nutritious fruits and vegetables for her children to eat, and she doesn’t have to purchase as much produce at the market.
As a single mother, Martha’s workload is especially heavy, but she is committed to providing for her children. She is thankful that they attend the Sunday school at a local church. They are learning about Jesus, and they pray together daily as a family.
“Besides my children’s physical health, I pray for them to grow up to be good adults and citizens. I want them to stay in school, and not pick up bad habits,” Martha said.
Family members: Martha Marak (mother, 1980), Wanchy (daughter, 2002), Lening (son, 2004), John (son, 2006), Critica (daughter, 2011)
Hometown: Patarkamh, India
Source of Income: Martha is a single parent who supports her four children by farming a small plot of land. She also hires herself out as a day laborer doing jobs such as washing, cleaning, and working on other people’s farms.
World Renew Partner working with the family: NEICORD
World Renew Reporter: Kohima Daring